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I was watching the video for this a few minutes ago whilst writing a German letter. 

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Those were included, yes. Put them all together and some other vowels, and consonants- and you get what I was writing.

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I’ve always thought “Love Me Do ” as a phrase quite interesting. It’s a strange construct. Technically lots about it goes against the rules of the language. “Do” is at the wrong end of the phrase.

Still young and learning their trade, I’ve often wondered about where Paul got that idea.

As noted in another thread, I’m on a bit of a Buddy Holly binge, and I’ve found myself listening to 1958’s Love Me (the same year as Love Me Do was written)…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..Ho51jbP8jM

And there at 1:14, Buddy sings, “Baby Love Me Do “. I wonder?

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I’ve always thought “Love Me Do ” as a phrase quite interesting. It’s a strange construct. Technically lots about it goes against the rules of the language. “Do” is at the wrong end of the phrase.

Still young and learning their trade, I’ve often wondered about where Paul got that idea.

As noted in another thread, I’m on a bit of a Buddy Holly binge, and I’ve found myself listening to 1958’s Love Me (the same year as Love Me Do was written)…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?…..Ho51jbP8jM

And there at 1:14, Buddy sings, “Baby Love Me Do “. I wonder?

  

This sounds a lot like Honey Don’t as well, especially those guitar bits.  I know they didn’t write that song, but those guitar bits sound just like the ones in their version.

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Carl Perkins was a couple of years ahead of Buddy, @William Shears Campbell, with both having rockabilly backgrounds. Perkins’ sound was definitely an influence on Buddy’s playing…

Perkins and Holly were two of main artists that helped The Beatles find their sound.

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I wonder what harmonica John used on this song. The song is in G major and is basically built around the first (G), fourth (C) and fifth (D), yet the distinctive harmonica riff uses the flattened seventh (F) which isn’t in the G major scale. It does include that chord in the bridge (on the ‘one’ in ‘someone like you’). I’m going to assume that John used a C major harmonica for this one since it’s the only major scale that fits. Let me know if anybody has a different interpretation. 

  

I am not sure what type, but I know John said he stole the harmonica from a German music store during their Hamburg days. Don’t remember where I heard that, through.

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I love the Beatles, each of John, Paul, George and Ringo and there music and art work! I have some comments and questions and would appreciate it if you would respond and answer them.

1. It is wonderful that John sings the tune and Paul sings harmony but then Paul sings the tune while John plays the harmonica. I listened to an interview with Paul in which Paul said that George Martin asked Paul to switch to the tune so that John could play the harmonica on the beat. Paul and John could do it; they are wonderful musicians! I doubt that George Martin or John, Paul, George or Ringo ever heard of the Louvin Brothers, who recorded wonderful country and western songs in the forties, fifties and early sixties. On many songs, the Louvin Brothers did the same thing: Ira Louvin, one of the best tenors of all time, would switch from harmony to the tune (and his brother Charlie, who had a lower voice, would either not sing or even harmonize, since they had different ranges). In one song in particular, this is very pronounced: the beautiful “If I Could Only Win Your Love”. Of course, there is a similarity in theme in both songs, since in both a young man wants a young lady to love him. Isn’t that an amazing coincidence? Also, when John and Paul sing “Please”, it reminds me of the Everly Brothers’ harmony in “Cathy’s Clown”, which came out a couple of years before “Love Me Do “. Later, John did the same thing with David Bowie in “Fame”.

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Welcome to the forum, @Steven! We decided to put your post into threads that we already have regarding those songs so that people will be able to find them more easily and respond to your questions. In future, if you have any questions about where to post something, please feel free to go to the Thread Search Thread https://www.beatlesbible.com/f…..ch-thread/

Regarding Love Me Do and the similarity between John’s and Paul’s “Please” and the Everly Brothers’ “Cathy’s Clown,” I do know that the Beatles’ harmonies were inspired to some extent by the Everly Brothers, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were influenced by that song. Also, “Fame” is a great song – I love David Bowie. ahdn_john_08_gif

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It’s great to see so many people coming out to celebrate ‘LMD’ as it turns 60. As such an appearing simple track which gets a bit of a kicking at times, I still love it’s innocence and how despite its simplicity it was like nothing else  back when it was released. 
Definitely not their greatest song but it was the perfect opener for the band to get going on a larger audience, it got people to open the door. Afterwards, ‘PPM ’ came along, ripped the door off its hinges and everything changed. 

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jamessick said

QuarryMan said

I wonder what harmonica John used on this song. The song is in G major and is basically built around the first (G), fourth (C) and fifth (D), yet the distinctive harmonica riff uses the flattened seventh (F) which isn’t in the G major scale. It does include that chord in the bridge (on the ‘one’ in ‘someone like you’). I’m going to assume that John used a C major harmonica for this one since it’s the only major scale that fits. Let me know if anybody has a different interpretation. 

  

I am not sure what type, but I know John said he stole the harmonica from a German music store during their Hamburg days. Don’t remember where I heard that, through.

  

He stole it from a music store in Arnhem in the Netherlands when their van stopped there on the way to hamburg. 

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It’s great to see so many people coming out to celebrate ‘LMD’ as it turns 60. As such an appearing simple track which gets a bit of a kicking at times, I still love it’s innocence and how despite its simplicity it was like nothing else  back when it was released. 

Definitely not their greatest song but it was the perfect opener for the band to get going on a larger audience, it got people to open the door. Afterwards, ‘PPM ’ came along, ripped the door off its hinges and everything changed. 

  

Indeed. It’s not a song I listen to often but I appreciate its place in the history of the group.

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Hi folks,

I’m a very late bloomer when it comes to answering this topic’s question:  “which of the three drummers do you prefer on ‘Love Me Do ‘?”.

To my ears Pete isn’t a contender at all, and I was expecting to give the nod to Andy.   But, having just listened to the ‘Ringo’ and ‘Andy’ versions in stereo (yes, stereo!) over here, I give the nod to Ringo.   Here’s why:

Ringo establishes a pattern in the verses that he almost never deviates from… he’s highly consistent.

His ‘double snare’ pattern in the second bar of each verse syncs nicely with the guitar accents:

Snare:      2      4       2+           4

Kick:     1      3       1       [rest]

Ringo’s tempo is slower than Andy’s, which makes the song sound more relaxed and cruisey.

On Andy’s version Ringo continues the ‘double snare’ pattern, but on tambourine.   Again, this nicely syncs with, and emphasizes, the guitar accents.   Very professional.   However, Andy doesn’t do this on his snare, but performs a somewhat clashing pattern on his kick drum:

Snare:      2      4       2       4

Kick:     1      3       1     +3

The producer (George Martin?  Ron Richards?) should’ve corrected that, so as to make a stronger arrangement.

In summary, I give my vote to Mr Starkey.  🙂

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Thank you, @JasonParis.

That’s a very interesting assessment. To my ears, I certainly agree with your Ringo, Andy, Pete order of merit.

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Now And Then ‘ has rightly taken all the attention but 61 years later we finally have a true official stereo mix of ‘Love Me Do ‘ (with Ringo the drummer, not Andy White, tho that version will probably be on the upcoming ‘Red’ album).

Sounds good to me. I’ve always liked the innocence of ‘LMD’ and it being a reminder of very different times in music. As said before, ‘LMD’ was the right song as it opened the door to allow ‘PPM ‘ to march thru and the Beatles to go on to change music quickly. One listen to the charts in October 1962 and my word a lot of the popular music was so incredibly awful.

Imagine if Mr Martin had insisted on ‘How Do You Do It ‘ being their first single. 

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Imagine if Mr Martin had insisted on ‘How Do You Do It ‘ being their first single. 

  

Honestly, I’ve never quite gotten why the Beatles were so repulsed by How Do You Do It .  I understand they wanted to do their own material, but I don’t think it sounds much squarer than some of the other stuff they were doing at the time.  I don’t see how Love Me Do is really miles above it, even if it has that Beatle charm.

As for this version, the stereo sounds great.  Paul has said he was nervous about singing the main line so John could play the harmonica.  And Paul sounds nervous in this version, IMO.  Interesting that Paul could be nervous about singing a few lines when he was one of the great rock singers of the era, or was about to be.

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Imagine if Mr Martin had insisted on ‘How Do You Do It ‘ being their first single. 

  

Honestly, I’ve never quite gotten why the Beatles were so repulsed by How Do You Do It .  I understand they wanted to do their own material, but I don’t think it sounds much squarer than some of the other stuff they were doing at the time.  I don’t see how Love Me Do is really miles above it, even if it has that Beatle charm.  

Well, as it turned out, they were both right. Gerry and the Pacemakers did quite well with it.

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It’s more how twee ‘How Do You Do It ‘ was/is, they clearly didn’t invest too much energy in it. For how limited ‘LMD’ is it had something to it with the bluesy harmonica and being an original composition whereas ‘HDYDI’ is just another decent early 60’s piece of fluff thrown off the conveyor belt. Thankfully it’s a rare example of everyone involved winning.

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It’s more how twee ‘How Do You Do It ‘ was/is, they clearly didn’t invest too much energy in it. 

What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t really sound that twee to me.  Especially when you compare it to some of Paul’s “granny songs” lol.  But I agree Love Me Do is earthier sounding, more organic somehow.

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The best aspects of the song are John’s bluesy harmonica, and the J/P harmonies – particularly the way they stretch the word “please” across nine beats – as if they’re foreshadowing, calling attention to the word that will be so crucial to the smash followup single.

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The best aspects of the song are John’s bluesy harmonica, and the J/P harmonies – particularly the way they stretch the word “please” across nine beats – as if they’re foreshadowing, calling attention to the word that will be so crucial to the smash followup single.

  

Interesting observation. I never made that connection.

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I haven’t seen this in a long time, but I happened to find the medley from Around the Beatles on YouTube the other day, and they actually link the two songs on the word “please”, so they were not only aware of it but made use of it.

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